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Man charged with assault, larceny in beating of 75-year-old at nursing home

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Posted at 11:11 AM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 16:10:23-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Jaden Hayden, 20, of Ypsilanti, has been charged with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and larceny in connection to the beating of a 75-year-old nursing home patient in Detroit.

The assault was captured on video by the alleged suspect.

“The alleged actions of this defendant are truly and uniquely disturbing," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. "We must be able to trust our loved ones in specialty care facilities. I truly hope that the facts of this case are one of a kind”, said Prosecutor Worthy."

The incident happened Friday, May 10 just before 7 p.m. at the Westwood Nursing Center, 16588 Schaefer Highway.

Hayden was sharing a room with Norman Bledsoe, the victim, at the nursing home. Hayden allegedly attacked Bledsoe by repeatedly punching the victim in the head, police say.

When nursing staff came to the room, Hayden allegedly told them the Bledsoe had fallen out of his bed, causing the injury. The victim was then taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Hayden then allegedly posted video of the assault on social media, then said that he had stolen Bledsoe's credit cards.

Hayden was arraigned in 34th District Court in Romulus on Sunday. He received a $300,000 cash or surety bond with a GPS tether if he is released. His next court date is June 4.